Sam Rosen, long time play-by-play announcer for the New York Rangers, has won the Foster-Hewitt Memorial Award. The award, which is determined by the NHL broadcasters association, is presented to a member in radio or television broadcasting who has made outstanding contributions to their profession and the game of hockey. Sam Rosen will be honored at the Hockey Hall of Fame induction ceremony in November.
Sam has been the television voice of the Rangers since the 1984 season and is best known for his 1994 Stanley Cup winning quote “This one will last a lifetime”. Hopefully we will see another Stanley Cup at the Garden in our lifetimes, but we all know how daunting a task that can be.
It’s hard to imagine watching a blueshirts game without the voice of Sam in the background. Hopefully, Sam wont retire any time soon, he is irreplacable. We’ve had small absences from Sam due to his contract with Fox football and the Washington Redskins. Without Sam, we sometimes get Kenny Albert, which I don’t mind one bit. occasionally we get John Giannone, who needs some work, but shows some promise. Then, we also occasionally get the dreaded NBC crew with shitty Pierre, Doc, and Milbury. In all fairness I like Eddie Olczyk, Keith Jones, and Liam McHugh.
Needless to say Sam Rosen is an enormous part of the MSG broadcast crew, and in fact a huge part of the Rangers. Players and coaches alike have the utmost respect for Sam and all he’s accomplished in his career. Here at Real Talk Rangers we’d like to congratulate Sam on a great accomplishment and hope he can stick with the blueshirts for many more years to come